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Governor Dayton Secures Disaster Declaration for June Storms


Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Governor Mark Dayton secured a latest major disaster declaration following strong storms and flooding in June. President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for 18 Minnesota counties: Benton, Big Stone, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, McLeod, Morrison, Pope, Sibley, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin.

Preliminary damage assessments determined the storms caused $17.8 million in damage to public infrastructure across the state. Communities in the affected counties are now eligible for federal assistance.

The major disaster declaration is for Public Assistance which covers uninsured eligible projects submitted by counties, cities, townships and certain private, not-for-profit organizations.

Preliminary damage estimates compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) showed the following eligible amounts:

Emergency Work

•Debris Removal - $5 million

•Emergency Protective Measures - $1.8 million

Permanent Work to Repair

• Roads and Bridges - $9 million

• Water Control Facilities - $1 million

• Buildings and Equipment - $243,474

• Utilities - $585,615

• Parks, Recreational Facilities and other items - $73,780

FEMA will reimburse 75 percent of approved costs. The 25 percent non-federal share is the responsibility of state and local governments.

This disaster declaration also includes funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This is assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards. All counties in the state are eligible to apply for assistance under this program.

The storm system began with 5.6 inches of rain in Stevens County on June 20 and ended with 8.25 inches of rain in Wilkin County on June 26. Parts of the state saw record 48-hour rainfall amounts. One to two inch-per-hour rainfall caused flash flooding and mudslides in many locations. Thousands of trees were uprooted and fell on public buildings and roads. At the peak, 600,000 buildings were without electricity, making it the largest power outage in Minnesota history.

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Gov. Mark Dayton Appoints Destination Medical Center Board Members

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Mitchell Walbridge A big step for the Destination Medical Center project is underway, which is the formulation of the eight-member board that will have the task of overseeing the state’s largest-ever economic development project. The DMC Board ..... 
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Highway 16 detour change in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The detour route for the Highway 16 resurfacing project between Spring Valley, Minn. and Preston, Minn. has been changed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists will now be detoured using Highway 63 ..... 
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Department of Commerce joins multi-state effort on insurance climate change survey

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota has joined with California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington State to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in ..... 
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State Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.2 Percent

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.2 percent in June, reaching its lowest point since May 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). ..... 
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MSCOD State Fair booth to promote Emergency Awareness for People with Disabilities

Wed, Jul 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) will host a booth at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair from August 22nd –September 2nd. MSCOD’s booth will be located in the education building. The MSCOD’s booth will be open from 9:00 am – 9:00 ..... 
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Department of Commerce joins multi-state effort on insurance climate change survey

Wed, Jul 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that Minnesota has joined with California, New York, Connecticut, and Washington State to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in ..... 
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Less Than Two Weeks Remaining for Amateur Talent Contest Registrations

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- Less than two weeks remain until registration closes for State Fair Amateur Talent Contest auditions. Performers from across the Midwest will audition later this month for an opportunity to perform and compete in the 41st annual competit ..... 
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Minnesota National Guard soldiers scheduled to return Friday

Thu, Jul 11th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Twenty-four soldiers from the 147th Financial Management Support Company are scheduled to return Friday to Minnesota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. "I am extremely proud of these soldiers," said Army 1st Lt. Joseph ..... 
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